We All Can Benefit from Herm’s NFL Rookie Advice

The headline shouted, “49ers linebacker Aldon Smith stabbed at party.”

The first thought that crossed my mind was, did it happen after midnight?

According to the story in the San Francisco Chronicle, “Deputies responded to a 911 call at 2:14 a.m. Saturday. The caller reported multiple gunshots came from a large party.” The story also noted that “Smith, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, had 14 sacks last season.”

That means he might have been in the audience when Herm Edwards spoke to the Rookies in 2011, but he either wasn’t listening or somehow didn’t retain.

Around 11 minutes into part 1 of his speech, Edwards talks about the “12-o’clock rule.” His point — bad things happen after midnight.

This section also contains some good advice about only having “one of everything.”

In the second session, Edwards stresses the importance of being on time (3 min mark). He also talks about the 3 things coaches are going to teach you:

1 – What you need to do.
2 – How you need to do it.
3 – Why… as in why is the coach calling a certain play. You need to learn the why

Around the 9:30 mark, he talks about enthusiasm. That’s what you can bring every day and you need to make sure you don’t lose it.

His advice is great for all of us. And for the people in the room, that missed it the first time (perhaps Aldon Smith), its time for a refresher.


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